Free Solar Panels
Using the Feed-in tariff?
Can you get free solar panels by using the feed-in tariff?
Well, kind of!
Though not completely free,
you will be receiving sizable discounts by using the tariff.
entire time you have the solar cells on your roof, you will be getting paid for it! Another huge plus is that you will be getting paid to participate in sustainable living.
What is the Feed-in
A feed-in tariff (or FiT) is a government policy that pays
you money for the electricity you create with your alternative energy system.
The FiT is for commercial producers, home owners, private farmers, and so on.
companies will include installation for free, if you
choose to sign up for the feed-in tariff through them.
But, if you have the money and skill for the
installation, you can join the ranks of many of the more independent
types and do some diy solar energy, and you will get paid directly.
If you can’t afford the upfront cost, then
going through a good solar energy company is still a great option. You get the panels installed for free, and
you save a great deal of money on your utility bill.
How the Feed-in
Install the solar panels yourself, or have a company do it
for free (or at a reduced cost)
Begin producing electricity via your free solar panels (if
you choose to use a solar company)
What Happens After That?
- Most of that electricity you will use yourself
- Any electricity you do not use goes back to the
grid, and you are paid for it
- Since the panels are paying for themselves you are getting free solar panels
- · Any extra electricity you may need (at night when the panels are not producing energy) will automatically be taken back from the grid, and transferred to your home
How Do The Payments Work?
You get paid for all the electricity that you
You get paid for any surplus electricity that
you sent back to the grid
You pay your energy supplier for the additional
electricity you need
- And if you add a solar backup generator, you
may be able to avoid using the grid completely.
Who Actually Sends Me the Check?
Even though you are generating your own electricity, under
the Feed-in Tariff you still have a contract with an energy supplier.
So, it will be your energy supplier who will
pay you, normally once a quarter for:
The electricity you generated and used yourself
And the surplus electricity you sent back to the
Information on Feed-in
Tariffs by Country
Regardless of where you live in the world, there is probably
a form of the feed-in tariff that will help you get cheap or free solar panels
in your country.
Here is a list of
countries and information on the solar tariffs offered:
Ontario first started using the feed-in tariff
in 2006, and revised it in 2010.
The revision increased the payout from 42
cents/kWh to 80.2 cents/kWh for applications received after July, 2 2010.
Thousands of projects have been approved
184 large scale projects worth 8 billion dollars
As of April 2012, 12,000 systems had been
- Most Canadian companies offer free solar panels installation when used with the tariff
As of August 2011 a national feed-in tariff for
solar projects was issued
Payout is 15 cents per kWh
Four categories of onshore wind projects that
are eligible for feed-in tariffs
Areas with better wind resources will have lower
Areas with little wind resources will receive
The payouts for the four wind categories are .51
Yuan, .54 Yuan, .58 Yuan, and .61 Yuan
The California Public Utilities Commission
(CPUC) approved a free solar power feed-in tariff on January, 31 2008
In 2010, Marin Energy Authority launched the
first Community Choice Aggregate Feed-in Tariff program.
- The program was
updated in November 2012, and now offers 20-year fixed-price contracts
Municipal utility companies have enacted feed in
tariff pilot programs in Palo Alto and Los Angeles: Palo Alto CLEAN (Clean
Local Energy Accessible Now) is a program to purchase up to 4MW of electricity
generated by solar electric systems located in CPAU's service area
Payout rates are between 12 cents per kWh and 14
cents per kWh
In 2012, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's
Board of Water and Power Commissioners approved a 10MW Feed-in-Tariff
Demonstration Program. The program's goal is to encourage renewable energy
development within the Los Angeles Basin and help meet the 33% Renewable Portfolio
Standard Mandate by 2020
In 2009 Gainesville, Florida approved the
nation’s first solar feed-in tariff
The program is open to small, medium, and large
It has a cap of 4 MW per year
Solar energy makes up 1.2 percent of
Gainesville’s peak load energy
In 2011 DECC announced dramatic cuts of around
55% to feed in tariff rates
However, the decision was overturned in a court
Many consider that court battle a huge victory
for the solar energy industry
The court victory guaranteed higher payouts
- Most UK solar power companies offer free solar panels installation
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